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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Highlights

Dr. John’s Playground

This playground honors Dr. John Elefterakis (1959-1997), a graduate of adjacent Public School 277, and a man dedicated to the Gerritsen Beach community. Dr. John, as he… Read More

Firefighter Christopher Bopp Triangle

Christopher Michael Bopp was born in Queens, New York on March 7, 1971. Several years after his birth, he and his family moved to East 31st Street in Brooklyn. There he… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh - Invasive Phragmites

As one of the 20 most invasive plants in New York State, phragmites ( Phragmites australis ), also known as the common reed or “phrag,” have become a… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh - Salt Marshes in New York City Parks

Salt marshes play a critical role in the support of human life, acting as natural filtration systems by trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate our bays and… Read More

Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve

Named by naturalists Ron and Jean Bourque, Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve is home to four native species which require undisturbed marshland for nesting: Sharptailed,… Read More

Fresh Creek Park - Invasive Phragmites

As one of the 20 most invasive plants in New York State, phragmites (Phragmites australis), also known as the common reed or "phrag," have become a ubiquitous… Read More

Fresh Creek Park - Salt Marshes in New York City Parks

Salt marshes play a critical role in the support of human life, acting as natural filtration systems by trapping pollutants that would otherwise contaminate our bays and… Read More

Gerritsen Ballfields

Gerritsen Beach is part of the greater neighborhood of Marine Park, and takes its name from Dutch colonist Wolphert Gerritsen, one of the first settlers of the land.… Read More

Gerritsen Creek

Marine Park occupies the westernmost inlet of Jamaica Bay. The bay itself was formed over the past five thousand years, as ocean currents deposited strips of sand along… Read More

Glaciers in Marine Park

The landscape of Marine Park clearly shows the influence of the most recent Ice Age. The park sits atop land left by a melting ice sheet. Around 1.5 million years ago,… Read More

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Know Before You Go

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

NYC beach season has been extended through September 13. After Labor Day, beaches will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At Rockaway Beach, the following locations will remain open for swimming: Beach 15 to Beach 18; Beach 29 and Beach 30; Beach 58 and Beach 59; Beach 77 and Beach 78; Beach 84 and Beach 85; Beach 96 through Beach 98; Beach 104 through Beach 106; Beach 115 through Beach 120; Beach 126 through Beach 131; and, Beach 136 through Beach 143. We may adjust swimming beaches on a daily basis due to site and surf conditions, so please observe all posted signs and flags and swim only where a lifeguard is present.

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